Lessons From Michelangelo - How To Get Buy-In For Agile Training

Lessons From Michelangelo – How To Crack Tough Nuts & Get Buy-In For Scrum Training

Around 14  years ago, my Coach - Peggy Reed changed my life by sending me to Scrum Training. I fell in love with Scrum and chose to become a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer with the support of Ken Schwaber. Since then, I have trained thousands of students in...
The Scrum Master As A Ferocious Protector

The Scrum Master Is An FFFCDO For Developers!

Of late, I've been noticing an interpretation of the Scrum Master role - the Scrum Master as An FFFCDO for Developers - a Fierce, Ferocious, Fearsome Chief Defense Officer!. Anytime, anyone provides any feedback that might cause Developers any kind of discomfort, the...
Why You Should NOT Waste Time & Money on Evidence Based Management!

Why You Should NOT Waste Time & Money on Evidence Based Management!

Are you too busy doing real work to bother about this new fad called "Evidence Based Management"? Are you tired of beating yourself up because you just don't have the time, money or energy to get on this bandwagon with the other cool kids? Well, fear not. I have a...
The Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

The Five Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

I WANT TO CONVINCE YOU THAT... I interviewed a Scrum Master candidate last week. This blog is inspired by him. I began the interview with my first question - "What questions do you have for me?". He was prepared with his top five questions. Those first five questions,...
Don't Use Scrum (Too Many Meetings)

Don’t Use Scrum! (Too Many Darned Meetings) Try This Instead…

When we introduce Scrum to some companies, sometimes the question arises - "Why are there so many meetings in Scrum? When do you do 'real work'?" I've been answering this question verbally for so many years, I thought it was time to write a blog. So here's my answer -...
The Scrum Master Is An FFFCDO For Developers!

The Scrum Master Is An FFFCDO For Developers!

Of late, I've been noticing an interpretation of the Scrum Master role - the Scrum Master as An FFFCDO for Developers - a Fierce, Ferocious, Fearsome Chief Defense Officer!. Anytime, anyone provides any feedback that might cause Developers any kind of discomfort, the...

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The Five Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

The Five Most Important Scrum Master Interview Questions

I WANT TO CONVINCE YOU THAT... I interviewed a Scrum Master candidate last week. This blog is inspired by him. I began the interview with my first question - "What questions do you have for me?". He was prepared with his top five questions. Those first five questions,...

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How Do You Justify A Scrum Master’s Salary…?

How Do You Justify A Scrum Master’s Salary…?

When we introduce Scrum to an organization, many people are skeptical of the monetary benefits and ROI of the Scrum Master position. The question I am often asked is - "How do you justify the salary of the Scrum Master?" I've been thinking about this for some time,...

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The Roots Of Agile Suffering

The Roots Of Agile Suffering

AGILE SUFFERING After more than a decade of helping organizations travel on the path of Agility, it feels more like traveling on the path of Agile Suffering. Agile Coaches like me often suffer as we complain that management doesn't get it, teams don't get it, my...

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How To Design An Agile Coaching Alliance

How To Design An Agile Coaching Alliance

MY COACHING FAILURES Let me share another fruit from my fruitful failure tree... There have been times when I have struggled mightily in my coaching relationships. Whether the relationship is with a person or with a team. The conversations are exhausting, draining for...

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